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Dan C

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  1. Yes. Sorry for taking so long to reply. The steel is 1055. They're made by sand casting. The anvils are a single solid piece. The striking face is not welded on separately. The striking face is hardened via induction heating and then quenching. I don't know the exact Rockwell hardness, but I have done a ball bearing test, and the recoil is OUTSTANDING. I have been using one for about 9 months now, and I LOVE it. Works amazing.
  2. I wanted a custom designed anvil, so I approached an anvil company in China. I asked if they could make me an anvil following my drawings, and they said that the fewest they could make me was 20 anvils. I really wanted one, so I went ahead and had them make me 20 of them. I figured I could sell the others. In just a couple of days I have sold a few of them, but I still have about 15 or so. If anyone one here wants one, I'd be happy to sell you one. I've attached a photograph to show what they look like. They're about 13 inches tall. (The anvil part is 11 3/4, and add to that the he
  3. I would think that if someone were willing to throw scrap metal like nails and whatnot into a bloom, hoping that the scraps don't have some alloy that will ruin the bloom, they'd be much more interested in pure iron pellets that will definitely make a high-quality bloom. I've read posts where guys have used nails to make a bloom, only to discover after all their hard work that the bloom wasn't good for anything because the nails were full of alloys.
  4. Not sure yet. It would depend on how much people want.
  5. So, w Thanks for the input! I can also get iron sand, which is about 60-70% iron. I'd think that would make some fine tamahagane, but I don't know if there's enough demand to bother. I'll look into true wrought iron and see what I can come up with.
  6. Hm. It seems I may have a dud with this one. LOL. Is there nobody who might be interested in pure metallic iron?
  7. As I have mentioned in recent posts, I am developing some products for knifemakers. I REALLY appreciate the input I have received from members of this forum, and I am hoping to get some good advice on this question. Friends of mine who are into old-fashioned blacksmithing, bladesmithing, ironwork, steel-making and whatnot have suggested that I offer pure metallic iron in the form of ingots, bars, pellets, or powder. They have said that some people might want to use it to make their own steel via various forms of carburization. They might even want to use it to make bloom steel (tamahag
  8. Thanks, Geoff! I really appreciate the input. I use a block of 4140 that is 6x6x12. It's all I use. But I mostly do swordsmithing. Any photos or drawings or anything else to help understand would be greatly appreciated! I'm seriously considering making this thing. Anyone else wanna play?
  9. I am considering working with an industrial forge in the US to make an anvil especially for knife-makers. I have my own ideas about how that anvil might differ from a typical blacksmith's anvil or a farrier's anvil, but I would love the input of the members of this forum. If you could design an anvil especially for bladesmithing, what would your anvil look like? This is your opportunity to be heard! Smaller horn? No horn? What dimensions would the face of the anvil have? Anything else you can think of? I know that the Japanese swordsmiths just use a simple block of steel. But
  10. Gentlemen, I sincerely appreciate your help and advice. I will be diversifying my stock as my business grows, so hopefully I will be able to accommodate everyone. i just wanted some ideas on where I could start. Thanks for taking time to help a brother out with your input!
  11. I am getting into the business of knife-making supply, and I am starting to source metal for blade-making. Obviously I don't want to order a bunch of sizes that nobody wants. Can those of you who make knives please answer this question for me: If you could only get bar stock in one size, what size would that be? What would be the most useful size of bar, assuming that one size is all you could get? What would be your second choice? Third choice? Thank you for your input!
  12. Listen to Alan. Don't buy that anvil.
  13. Awesome! I've never seen a video where they spend so much time on the initial steps.
  14. My Sammy Hammer arrived today! Thanks, Sam. It's AWESOME. I'm starting a new katana soon and I can't wait to use my new hammer.
  15. Ya, I don't have very high hopes, but what's the worst that can happen? it's worth a try.
  16. Thanks Gary. I think I may try forging some new greasy cable this weekend without any borax and see what happens.
  17. Ok, so I just finished reading this whole thread, and I'm curious about something. Some people suggests that kerosene and paraffin make for good fluxes (for reasons they only seem to guess at). Ok, so what about that horribly thick lubricant used on cable? Is there a reason that wouldn't work like kerosene or paraffin? Suppose you bought a brand new piece of cable. No rust. No dirt. Tons of that super thick lubricant. Could you forge weld that into a solid bar without borax? That would be a VERY interesting discovery, because I make the biggest mess with borax when forge welding
  18. I recently forged a 2 foot piece of 1 1/4" cable into a sunobe for a wakizashi. All by hand using my 2.5 lb hand-held hammer. Ya... I'll never do that again.
  19. Absolutely sublime. Congratulations on a masterpiece.
  20. LOL. Hmmm. I posted a pic, but it isn't showing up. I'll make a video soon. Edit: Still don't know why the picture isn't showing up. Here it is as an attachment.
  21. Finished the press this weekend. Works amazingly well.
  22. Gary, I'm using a horizontal forge. Thanks for the ideas.
  23. I finished my medium-sized forge press this weekend, and it works amazingly well. It is the same basic design as all the presses in this thread, but it was made with 3" square tubing. I also reinforced the inside and outside of the cross beams with additional steel. This thing is heavy and solid, and it crushes steel really well. I can't begin to say how happy I am with it.
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